#TeamMakers – Decisions, Decisions …. Rocket vs. Heater

For the Makers project me and Rey teamed up and went through many different ideas as to what we can make that also be an assignment we can teach to our future students. We didn’t to just build anything we wanted our “Maker” or “Tool” to serve a purpose.  The first idea we came up with was to make “High-Pressure Foam Rockets” as were seen on the Make Project website, we felt that it was fun, creative and fundamental for our future classrooms but it wasn’t challenging enough. So we stumbled across the “Altoids -Tin Heater”, and we thought it was perfect, challenging, creative. The project even though it seems rather easy it was a bit of a challenge especially when it came to cutting and punching holes through the sheet metal.

The objective of this tool is to teach our future students how to build a portable heater for survival kit purposes possibly to use when camping and needing to roast marshmallows or to simply boil water as suggested on the web-page. Stay tuned for our final finished product!

This is the link to Reyawesome’s post of our 2nd attempt of building our Heater.

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My vision of College: Evolving with the world

We need to find ways to reach students in a way they understand! We need to understand what they are in tune with!

The video that I watched was extremely interesting with some facts and statistics that I have not thought about before.  College means different things for every individual.  Some people find it interesting, some attend because family members want them to, others because they really want to, others feel college is boring; college should never be boring.  Unfortunately, sometimes it is. Sometimes it can be boring because the way the information is being delivered is boring.  Students’ attention has to be captured in a way that resembles the world we live in; technology resembles the world we live in.

College needs to prepare us for the jobs that we will one day fulfull, not what is currenty available.  What is curently available might not be once we graduate.  Therefore, our education needs to modified in a way that fits the world we have grown up with, and a world we will see 5-10 years down the road.  Education needs to evolve as our technological world is advancing.  So far in my experience as an undergraduate, I wish I would have had, and would have more hands-on experiences relating to what I will be doing in the near future.  I am a Bilingual  Childhood education major and I wish we would have certain things at York College that we will see in our future jobs.  For example, many public schools across the city have Smart Boards and Elmos. We should have an interactive classroom that has things that we will see in the schools.  Same goes for any other major.  College should be a real experience for what awaits us! What awaits us is being able to use technology to maneuver around this busy world of ours!

Why should we have to look things up at home? Lets do things together; in the classroom!